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All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
A gripping, intricate tale, unputdownable with a totally unexpected ending which did leave some questions, the answers to which I am still not certain of, but it’s a great experience. Murder, revenge, rape, secrets, all that sort of stuff, in fact many threads abound throughout this fast-read of terrible goings on in small-town America. It follows on from Die For Me, another must read. Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag.
March 2009 Debut of the Month. This will certainly appeal to fans of Martina Cole and June Hampson. Billie Jo’s father has been a villain all his life but kept himself very much in the background, avoiding the long arm of the law. Things are soon to change for his family though and Billy Jo is about to find her world falling apart around her. Told with a very authentic East End feel, Kimberley Chambers is a new voice in the genre and one to definitely keep an eye on.
JOE FARADAY - the investigations of a Portsmouth cop and a fascinating look into crime on the British coast. If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, this should be your next step. NO LOVELIER DEATH is the 9th book in the Faraday series. Lovereading view... The latest instalment from Graham Hurley sees Faraday and Winter pitted against each other in another fantastic police procedural. Gruesome murders and crime lords with grudges bring more crime to the city of Portsmouth. Hurley is so convincing and so descriptive you will never want to visit the seaside town for fear of what might happen to you! Joe Faraday series:1. Turnstone (2000)2. The Take (2001)3. Angels Passing (2002)4. Deadlight (2003)5. Cut to Black (2004)6. Blood and Honey (2006)7. One Under (2007)8. The Price of Darkness (2008)9. No Lovelier Death (2009)
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2009. Having already won several prizes in her homeland of Sweden, Alvtegen is now making waves further afield. This slow-burning, psychological thriller builds to a suspense-filled and surprising ending. Stick with it, you won’t be disappointed.
Although leading on from the author’s first novel, Heartsick, this can be read alone, and read it you must. I do believe Chelsea Cain one of the most exciting finds in the macabre area since Thomas Harris gave us Hannibal Lecter, only here our serial killer is a woman and the detective a man – but the relationship between them is bizarre. This one is a little more predictable than the first but still first rate. Highly recommended. Comparison: Thomas Harris, Michael Marshall, Tess Gerritsen. Archie and Gretchen series:1. Heartsick2. Sweetheart3. Evil at Heart
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this is will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth Galloway makes a great lead figure as the forensic archaeologist who finds her expertise called upon to help solve crimes. Entertaining and full of suspense with the back drop of the wild Norfolk coast giving an extra chill to the bones.
The next novel in this futuristic crime series. Feisty cop Eve Dallas finds herself with another case to solve except this one is a lot more personal. Full of action blood and guts and a smidgeon of romance, J D Robb (aka Nora Roberts) doesn’t fail to entertain.
This is the third in June Hampson’s series set in the 1960’s, following the ups and downs of Daisy Lane’s life. Set in, what you would imagine to be the sleepy seaside town of, Gosport there is a violent underworld of crime that Daisy has been mixed up in for some time due to the men in her life. An author to rival Martina Cole, June Hampson writes gritty, sexy, fiction with believable well rounded characters and a realism that pulls you in to her fictional world completely. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller.
With the runaway success of last year’s No Time for Goodbye expectations have been high for Barclay’s next novel and luckily he doesn’t disappoint. When the Cutter’s neighbours are all shot dead in their home, one night, the Cutter family find themselves wondering whether the killers simply went to the wrong house and the real target was, in fact, themselves. They all have secrets to hide, how long will they be kept secrets now? Each chapter ends with you wanting to read more so make sure you have a few hours to settle down and read.
The 8th Joe Faraday novel has DC Winter undercover, dangerous and wondering if crime might just pay! This is perhaps the author’s best book yet, dark, hypnotic, well-crafted and very impressive police procedural stuff. You’ll love it. Comparison: Mark Billingham, Peter James, Peter Robinson. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Joe Faraday; the investigations of a Portsmouth cop and a fascinating look into crime on the British coast. If you like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, this should be your next step. NO LOVELIER DEATH is the 9th book in the Faraday series. Joe Faraday series:1. Turnstone (2000)2. The Take (2001)3. Angels Passing (2002)4. Deadlight (2003)5. Cut to Black (2004)6. Blood and Honey (2006)7. One Under (2007)8. The Price of Darkness (2008)9. No Lovelier Death (2009)
Gimenez returns to the world of the law in this engrossing book about a lawyer retiring back to his home town in Texas after his wife has died. Reluctantly persuaded to become town judge he gets drawn in to the towns secrets, buried just below the surface of this seemingly safe, suburban small country town. As a lawyer himself Gimenez knows his stuff , with many comparisons made to John Grisham and quite rightly so.
This is the first in a new series starring Jessica Tey. Jessica Tey was a crime writer and playwright in the 1920’s and 30’s and Upson has created a fictional side of the author, placing her in the middle of a murder investigation. Tey does not become the ‘Miss Marple’ of the book but is essential to the plot and adds the feel of the 1930’s to a novel that is still very modern and relevant to today. We are sure this series will go from strength to strength.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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